Creating History: Diving into the Future


Guest: Yona Knight-Wisdom OLY

Yona Knight-Wisdom is an Olympic diver who is also the first Jamaican Diver to participate in the Olympics diving competition, which he did at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. He who was born in the United Kingdom but chose to represent Jamaica in 2012.Yona spoke about the success of competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic followed by the disappointment of not medalling in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the changes he made to his coaching team and training sites following the Games.  He spoke candidly about some of his best moments as well as one of the lowest moments of his career- FINA Diving World Cup 2014 Shanghai. There are also some advice for young divers.

Yona also discusses:

  • His decision to represent Jamaica competitively
  • The challenges in being taller than the average diver and how he overcame them
  • How being physically analysed at Liverpool John Moores University impacted his confidence Yona’s physical analysis Youtube Feature
  • Obstacles faced in participating in international competitions in preparing for qualifying for his first Olympics in 2016
  • His experience as the first person to represent Jamaica in diving at Rio 2016
  • How different his mentality was at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games compared to the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Maintaining fitness during the shutdown as a result of the pandemic

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